(1633–1707), Dutch marine artist. Willem van de Velde the Younger was baptized on December 18, 1633, in the Hooglandse Kerk in Leiden, Netherlands. He moved with his family to Amsterdam around 1636. The artistic education he received from his father, Willem van de Velde the Elder, a prominent marine artist, gave him both a competent knowledge of shipbuilding and the ambition of rendering it accurately in his work. Presumably van de Velde the Younger moved to Weesp in 1649 to continue his apprenticeship with Simon de Vlieger (c. 1601–1653). At the beginning of 1652 he returned to Amsterdam, where he married Petronella le Maire from Weesp. A divorce was granted after fifteen months. On December 23, 1656, he married Magdalena Walravens. Of his six children, Willem, Peter, Sara, and Cornelis are said to have painted as well, but their contributions are uncertain, apart from a very few traces left by Cornelis.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Maritime History.